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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI3707 Performance Design and Space

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Joslin McKinney

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores recent trends in performance that use spatial, temporal, aural, visual and material means to intervene in particular places and sites. The module looks at site-responsive and site-specific performance, street performance, environmental performance, immersive and interactive performance. On this module you will investigate the key characteristics of this work; its aesthetic, social and political dimensions and develop your own creative ideas for original performance events.


The module aims to develop student’s understanding and appreciation of
• The recent development of site-based art and performance practices
• Contemporary examples of global performance design practices
• The aesthetic, social and political dimensions of contemporary performance design
• Developing their own creative ideas for performance design events based on sites in Leeds.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. identify key characteristics and potentials of site-related performance design
2. articulate that understanding by researching and evaluating examples of contemporary performance design practice;
3. use that understanding to propose creative ideas of their own.


Lectures will typically cover topics such as:
• Site-specific art and performance (tracing developments from 20th art and avant-garde theatre)
• Interactive and immersive design and new forms of spectatorship, participation and co-authorship
• Blurred boundaries between art, architecture, space and performance
Seminars will consider examples of contemporary practice and discuss them in relation to the topics, debates and issues that have been raised in the lectures.
Workshops support students in developing their own creative ideas towards proposals for original, speculative schemes for performance design in Leeds.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning103.0030.00
Private study hours154.67
Total Contact hours45.33
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Viewing and reading to prepare for lectures and seminars – 55 hours
Researching (reading and viewing) for assessment task – 23 hours
Developing creative ideas for and in response to workshops – 53 hours
Reflecting, reading, selecting and writing for assessment – 53 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be able to get formative feedback on their understanding of the module content through seminar discussion and on their creative ideas through workshop sessions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioDocumentation of creative ideas with a reflective commentary100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25


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